Qatar registered a healthy growth of visitors in January 2023 as the country recorded a total of 3,559,063 air passengers, a rise of 64.4 percent, according to the Air Transport Statistics released by Qatar’s Civil Aviation Authority (QCCA).

According to a tweet by the QCCA recently, the country witnessed a total of 3,559,063 air passengers in January of this year, indicating an increase of 64.4 percent, compared to 2,164,389 recorded within the same period in 2022.

It further noted that the aircraft movement recorded 19.3 percent rise on year-on-year basis, totalling 19,377 flights, compared to 16,239 within the same time period in 2022. Meanwhile, cargo and mail showed a 12.3 percent decline of 168,682 tonnes, compared to 192,253 tonnes recorded within the same month of 2022.

Qatar saw a total of 6,857,758 air passengers in November and December 2022, indicating an increase of 61.7 percent, compared to the 4,239,856 recorded within the same period in 2021.

While the aircraft movement in November and December witnessed a 33.9 percent rise, amounting to 43,600 flights compared to a total of 32,557 on annual basis in 2021.

FIFA World Cup 2022 attracted over 1.4 million visitors which has increased the demands in the tourism and hospitality sector. Qatar attracted visitors from across the region. The country welcomed 244,261 visitors from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in December 2022, against 44,612 in the same month in 2021, recording a surge of 447.5 percent annually, according to the official data by the Planning and Statistics Authority (PSA).

In November 2022, the number of visitors from the GCC stood at 128,423, witnessing a rise of 90.2 percent on monthly basis.

Travellers from Gulf region constituted 40 percent in total arrivals. While other Arab countries represented 14 percent as 87,916 visitors came to Qatar from this region in December 2022, compared to 15,175 in December 2021, registering a rise of 479.4 percent on annual basis.

Of the total arrivals, 373,699 visitors came to Qatar by flights in December 2022 against 87,702 visitors in December 2021, registering a rise of 326.1 percent year-on-year. The visitors who came via sea totaled 7,869, while 232,044 entered the country through land border.

Qatar Tourism has announced a package of programmes for 2023 as part of its strategy aimed at strengthening Qatar’s position as a leading global tourist destination, attracting 6 million visitors annually by 2030, and raising the tourism sector’s contribution to the gross domestic product (GDP) to 12 percent by the decade end.-The peninsula Qatar.

Source: Civil Aviation Authority-Qatar